There is no doubt that air conditioning is a necessity in many homes. If the temperature gets really high during the summer months then it can be dangerous not to be able to cool the air you are living in. That being said, it’s important to be sensible when operating your air conditioning as you want to keep energy costs to a minimum as well as being kind to the environment.
Having a reverse cycle air conditioner fitted in your home can be a cost effective way of keeping the air cool as long you use the system wisely. We are going to take a look at how much it can cost to air condition your home and how you can significantly reduce the costs involved.
The cost of air conditioning your home
The cost of running air conditioning varies from home to home. It can depend on considerations such as how many people are in your household and whereabouts in the country you live. On average air conditioning units cost as follows to operate:
- Bedroom sized 2.5 kW unit, AUS$86 for the summer.
- 5kW unit, AUS$179 for the summer.
- Small ducted system for the entire property, AUS$445 for the summer.
As you can see, it’s certainly not cheap to run the air conditioning in your home; but there are ways in which you can reduce these costs.
How you can reduce air conditioning costs
It is not that difficult to reduce the costs associated with operating the air conditioning in your home. One of the first things you can do is keep your air conditioning set at around 23 to 25 degrees. This preserves a comfortable temperature to live in while reducing your overall operating costs. If you have an air conditioning system that you are able to program this is a big help.
You can set the system to only cool areas of your home that you are using; thereby drastically reducing your energy usage. If the temperature in your home is less than 30 degrees then you may want to use fans instead of your air conditioning. Fans can be just as effective as air conditioning if temperatures are not ridiculously high, and they use a lot less energy. This means that using fans is cheaper than using your air conditioning.
It’s obviously very important that you put the safety of your family first when it comes to controlling the temperature in your home. Operating your air conditioning when necessary is a vital part of this. What we have shown is that you can do this but still be sensible with the use of your air conditioning. If you do not need to use it then don’t. You can often maintain a good temperature in your home using fans and save using the air conditioning for when really hot weather makes it absolutely necessary. If you do this you are sure to reduce your air conditioning operating costs.